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HER Number:MDV24748
Name:Earthwork bank on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor


Visible on aerial photographs and lidar data, this feature curves round westwards, then turns south-west, then south-east. Roughly constructed bank with ditch on outer side.


Grid Reference:SX 681 679
Map Sheet:SX66NE
Admin AreaDartmoor National Park
Civil ParishWest Buckfastleigh
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishBUCKFASTLEIGH

Protected Status

  • SHINE: Fragmentary earthworks and walling of Bronze Age enclosures, hut circles and reaves and later streamworking to the south of Snowdon Brook

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX66NE/271
  • SHINE Candidate (Yes)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • BANK (EARTHWORK) (Early Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1750 AD (Between))

Full description

National Monuments Record, 1979, NMR SF1457, 405-418 (Aerial Photograph). SDV172921.

Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1985, Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP (Cartographic). SDV319854.

This feature is visible on the 1979 aerial photograph and extends to SX68066767 and has sharp bends at SX68166816, SX68076804 and SX68106772. It consists of a bank, roughly constructed, with a ditch on its outer side, partly quarried in its south-east portion. Part of the ditch may have been used as a leat around SX681675. There are openworks within the area bounded by the ditch.
(Note the grid references given the all the features in this area are slightly inaccurate: Richards, A. F., Personal Comment, 05/12/2017).

Butler, J., 1993, Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East, 166, Map 58.4 (Monograph). SDV337765.

Pupers Hill north-east. Butler depicts this boundary as medieval or later ditch or gully (wider than 5.0 metres at the north-eastern end).

Environment Agency WMS, 1998-2016, LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution) (Cartographic). SDV360208.

Clearly visible on the lidar data, which matches modern aerial images of the area (Royal Commission data is all slightly inaccurate in this area).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV172921Aerial Photograph: National Monuments Record. 1979. NMR SF1457. National Monuments Record Aerial Photograph. 405-418.
SDV319854Cartographic: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1985. Aerial Photograph Project (Dartmoor) - Dartmoor Pre-NMP. Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England Aerial Photograph P. Cartographic.
SDV337765Monograph: Butler, J.. 1993. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Dartmoor Atlas of Antiquities: Volume Four - The South-East. Four. Paperback Volume. 166, Map 58.4.
SDV360208Cartographic: Environment Agency WMS. 1998-2016. LiDAR DTM data JPEG image (1m resolution). Environment Agency LiDAR data. Digital. [Mapped feature: #84809 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV24769Related to: Enclosure remains on north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV126038Related to: Hut circle 150 metres west of Chalk Ford (Monument)
MDV24724Related to: Openworks north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV24746Related to: Rabbit warren north-east of Buckfastleigh Moor (Monument)
MDV24770Related to: Settlement south of Snowdon Brook (Monument)
MDV24735Related to: Streamworks along the River Mardle at Chalk Ford (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 21 2020 8:54AM